St. Louis, Mo., May 2, 2019 — The Washington University in St. Louis softball team had three student-athletes earn first-team University Athletic Association (UAA) honors, as announced Thursday by the conference office.
"Taylor, Katie and Amy have done a tremendous job for us the entire season. I'm very proud of these women for all they have contributed to our program," said WashU head coach Michelle Venturella.
Arends, a four-time all-UAA selection, started 33 games at third base and hit a team-best .408 with seven doubles, three triples and 20 RBIs. She ranked first in the conference in on-base percentage (.483) and third in batting average. Arends, who hit .413 in conference play, was named the UAA Hitter of the Week on March 11.
Venturella on Arends –"Taylor always played with passion and determination that was fun to coach."
Gould started 33 games and hit .387 with eight doubles, 12 RBI and a team-high 21 stolen bases. She hit .446 (25-for-56) in UAA play, the second-highest mark in the league. Gould was second in the UAA in stolen bases, sixth in hits (46) and 12th in batting average. She hit safely in 27 of 33 games, and struck out just three times in 119 plate appearances.
Venturella on Gould – "Katie has done a tremendous job of reading defenses and putting the ball where they are not. She is also one of the most instinctive players I have coached!"
Walsh, a two-time first-team all-UAA selection, started 33 games and batted .402 with five doubles, three triples, 13 RBI, 12 stolen bases and team-high 25 runs scored. She was fourth in the league in batting average and fifth in stolen bases. Walsh hit .434 in conference-game only, the third best mark in the UAA.
Venturella on Walsh – "Amy has really done a great job of playing hard both offensively and defensively, which has been awesome to watch."
WashU posted a 15-18 overall record, and finished fifth in the UAA with an 4-11 mark. The Bears had the fifth-best strength of schedule (.607) in NCAA Division III, and had three wins over ranked opponents.